What about the Anthropocene? Lost in the Anthropocene

Humankind has become a planetary force that influences global biogeochemical systems. We are in a new state where the influence of humanity can be seen as a geological force shaping the earth: the Anthropocene. How does it feel to live in the Anthropocene?

Organisator Studium Generale

di 12 september 2017 20:00 tot 00:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Prof dr. René ten Bos

René ten Bos sees a fundamental disorientation in the Anthropocene: we are wandering in this era, not knowing where to go and not knowing what we are doing to our Earth. His message: get used to the Anthropocene. We have to live with this new opaque ecological reality, which asks for a reflection on who we are and what the ‘Anthropos’ really is. Moreover because the science and knowledge that contributed to the problem seems not the right science and knowledge to tackle the problem. Is our traditional logic still adequate?

Prof. René ten Bos holds the Chair: Philosophy of Management Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. His work features often heavy themes which he addresses with humor and cheerfulness. He published about the relationship between men and animals, about the ecological catastrophe named humanity, about the opaque transparency of water, but also about bureaucracy, gestes and many other topics. The texts might be philosophical, but he agrees with poet H.H. ter Balkt that 'the last slides left behind on a stubble field' also have philosophical value. If philosophy is thinking, then this thinking should be something that is included in things. Or in plants or in animals. Thinking that thinking is only a human feature, could not be more wrong.